Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this Valentine’s Day composition activity! Students will spin the spinner to complete each measure with the appropriate number of beats, based on the time signature. Then they can enjoy performing their rhythm composition for the rest of the class or for you!
What is included in this Valentine’s Day composition activity?
- Full color set of pages
- Black and white set of pages
- Six Valentine spinners with a variety of rhythms
- Four notation sheets (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and a page with all time signatures)
- Blank spinner pages so you can add any rhythms you like to suit your students’ current needs.
- Plastic spinners are not included, but I use these plastic spinners and they work beautifully with card stock. Paperclips spun around a pencil tip, and fidget spinners work great too!
Using Valentine’s Day composition activity in group piano or music class
This Valentine rhythm activity is great for private lessons as well as groups! Students can complete the activity on their own, or as a team.
- Each group needs only one spinner page (plastic spinners must be purchased separately).
- Each person in the group needs his own notation page.
- A variety of time signatures is included, as well as a page without time signatures.
- The students take turns spinning the spinner, then notating the rhythm onto their notation sheet.
- After the rhythms have been notated, the students take turns performing their rhythms for their peers.
- To sum up, students Spin, Notate, and Perform!
Using this Valentine’s Day composition activity in private piano lessons
- Student needs one spinner page and one notation sheet.
- The student spins the spinner, notates the rhythm, and the performs the completed rhythm for the teacher.
Using the Valentine’s Day composition activity to write music!
- After students build their rhythm patterns, they can use the rhythms to create a truly unique and special piece of sheet music!
- Click here to learn how to easily turn their rhythm patterns into a fun and unique piece of sheet music!
Performance tips for the Valentine’s Day composition activity
- Students should be creative when performing!
- Marching, tapping, snapping, performing in the style of the Cup Game, using Boomwhackers, classroom percussion instruments, the piano, and playing a clapping game are only a few of the many ways students can move to their newly created rhythm patterns.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Teachers like you are saying…
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amanda W. says, “I love that you made a few spinners, and included a few blank ones so we could develop our own. My kiddos loved this activity. Thanks!”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sarah Y. says, “My students loved this activity! I had them split into groups to clap their rhythms for each other and some of them even put all of their notation pages to create several measure-long rhythms.”
❤️ Related resources you’ll love!
If your students loved this Valentine’s Day composition activity, they’ll enjoy these Valentine resources too!
- Treble and Bass Clef Valentine Mystery Image Reveal Music Boom Cards™
- Valentine’s Day Music Worksheets – Notes, Music Symbols, Rhythms
- Composing with S’mores: A Guided Elementary Music Composition Valentine Activity
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